One powerful Eurocrat, who is today at the epicentre of EU affairs, once described to me the three great crises the EU has experienced since 1991 in exactly these terms(...).(h/t Calling England)
The root of our present collective peril lies in the fact that the euro single currency was consciously created to produce just such ‘beneficial crises’(...).
The result of ‘beneficial crises’ over the past 60 years has always been ‘more Europe’. He also used another image for me, and a telling one: ‘To get a horse to jump a hedge, you have to frighten it.’
That includes breaking the rules the EUnion has set for itself, as Mark Wadsworth explains:
The ongoing assault on the basic rules of liberal democracy has been the defining feature of the euro crisis. The treaty to establish the new European Stability Mechanism is the best example of this fundamentally undemocratic approach … it may be European but legally it stands outside the EU.(h/t WfW)
And just how suffocating the dead but heavy hand of the EUnion is weighing on victims like Greece is spelled out by GermanForeignPolicy.com.
Because of Germany's austerity dictate, EU and IMF supervisors are, in fact, now ruling Athens. Recently a leading German daily columnist wrote, "for months now, elected Greek representatives have been prevented from making their own decisions on any questions of significance." A parliamentarian publically posed the question, "what was he supposed to do now in Parliament, when, in any case, every decision is going to be taken by the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank. As a matter of fact," concluded the commentator, "for the time being, Greece will be merely a restricted democracy. The Greeks can vote for whatever they want, but it will not really change anything."And that other highly visible victim, Ireland? Well.... (h/t ATW)
Tonight on Dutch TV, Guy Verhofstadt, one of the über-Eurocrats stated: "National identity is a criminal concept that ultimately leads to gas chambers". What is an effective defence against such historically ignorant stupidity?
These people are out to destroy the diversity and vibrancy of our European continent. They want to replace it with one grey, mediocre government to rule us all. And they're willing to plunge us all into destitute tyranny and servitude to get their way. The EUnion must be destroyed.